NORDIC NEW WAVE: Young Royals star Nikita Uggla

In our new feature, ‘Nordic New Wave’, we are showcasing our choice of rising stars from the Nordic region and in our first feature we speak to Nikita Uggla from Sweden.

The Nordic invasion on Netflix has started strong with some very impressive series. Following on from the extremely successful Katla and Snabba Cash comes Young Royals. The series boasts a young cast of future stars – including Nikita Uggla.

Meet Nikita (Photo Credit: Melinda Ronnberg /

You are starring in Netflix’s new series Young Royals – what can you tell us about the show and your role?

Young royals is a series about love, friendship and going through life as a young adult. The character I play, Felice, is a girl who is studying her first year at Hillerska boarding school. She is a very popular girl, but she feels she has a lot of pressure on her shoulders, especially from her parents. They always think about what other people think of them and want Felice to be the perfect girl and follow in their footsteps.

What preparation did you have to do to get ready for your role?

I prepared by talking to the amazing directors (Rojda Sekersöz and Erika Calmeyer) and just getting to know Felice by talking about her and trying to just ease into the character.

The process of getting this role was very fast for me but I think it helped me a lot. I didn’t have to think too much and just getting into something head first is sometimes easier for me. In this case I think it helped me connect with Felice as a person.

Photo Credit: Melinda Ronnberg /

How does it feel to be involved in this exciting series and being part of this Nordic new wave on Netflix?

It feels amazing! I couldn’t in my wildest imagination picture that my life would be like this a year ago. But I am so grateful to have gotten this opportunity and the possibility of working with so many amazing people. And to be a part of the Nordic wave of new series is so fun and amazing.

What projects have you got planned next?

Right now I am focusing on the release of Young Royals and after that I don’t really know yet. I want to see what happens but one thing for sure is that I wanna keep on acting.

Finally what was the last movie (or TV series) you watched, book you read, and album you listened to?

The last series I watched was The Office! I love that show and re-watch it all the time.
The last book I read must have been Performance by Diana Taylor and I would really recommend it.
The last album and my all-time favorite is When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? By Billie Eilish. I just feel like she is amazing and her music is for everyone. 

Interview by Alex Minnis / Photo Credit: Melinda Ronnberg

Young Royals is out now on Netflix

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